There are a lot of things Downtown that are stuck in a time trap. They’re either lost and (literally) abandoned in an early 20th century daze or are trapped in a loop set on 1985. There are many examples of this (Like.) and many go unexplored by Angelenos, especially those who don’t work Downtown. Every time I take the Metro to the 7th Street/Metro Center station, I’ve always noticed that weird Sheraton/”Macy’s Plaza” mall at 7th and Flower. What is that place? It looks like a brick box of Macy’s with a Sheraton made much in the light of the Bonaventure on top of it. While killing some time, we decided to stop in and see what it’s all about. Is it cool? Are there secrets in there? Is it really stuck in a time trap? Let’s see what’s in there!
Victoria Macey is a Los Angeles designer who is so inspired by her surroundings that she is making patterns pulled from the city’s shapes and sights. Her project is titled Symmetría and it turns our city into an abstract, simplified place full of bright visuals. It’s an investigation of small, beautiful visual nuggets that very often can be overlooked as we rush on by them every day.
I’ve been hunting for a blue denim jacket for months. I have a black denim jacket–but not a blue one. This need revolves around Los Angeles weather, a climate that is never too cold at night but is never really that hot either: the weather is perfect for a light jacket. What’s the perfect light jacket? A jean jacket. We got word in the mail from local maker/designer David Kien about a project he’s undertaken that basically has solved my problem: he’s made a simplified, affordable jean jacket that is intended to be the launching point for a bigger outfitting enterprise. His brand is Duc Kien and he has launched a Kickstarter to get word of his making out into the world.
We’ve all seen those Reed’s sodas around town–but did you know they were made in Los Angeles? We had no idea! They seem so ubiquitous that we figured this was something so big and so out there that there would be no reason to investigate the brand to see if they are local. The only reason we discovered this was after reading that the brand is doing OK financially. The news stuck in our brain and eventually grabbed us as we were shopping: we had to buy and share Reed’s Ginger Brew on the site.
The food I eat doesn’t look good. I’m not talking about the food itself: I’m talking about the packaging. It never looks good! It’s not cool or sexy or like the packaging that you people friends get in your food. There’s always a lot of unnecessary clutter on pet food bags and there’s inevitably a cheesy photo of some dog friend who comes courtesy of obvious stock photography. LA designer Michelle Han has an idea for making dog food look better. She and a team did a little redesign project a few years ago to attempt to package pet food in a simple, attractive, and straightforward way. I would eat this food!